Chelmsford SKC News Article

On Saturday 6th May, members from Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club traveled to the City of Birmingham for the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) 51st National Championship at the Barclaycard Arena.

10 May 2017: KUGB 51st National Championship Medal winners!


The KUGB is the largest single style Karate organisation in the UK and this prestigious tournament is one of their most significant events in the annual calendar. With athletes competing for the first time through to seasoned ‘world class’ competitors from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the standard of karate on display was of the highest quality.

Chelmsford have a long tradition of competing successfully at British National level and this year was no exception. Alexander Lockett (aged 11) fought strongly all day in the 10-11 year old Kumite (sparring) to take Bronze and add to his collection of medals at National level.


10 May 2017: KUGB 51st National Championship Medal winners!
Photo: Alexander Lockett Bronze medalist in Kumite


In the Children’s Team Kata, the trio of Mia Hillsden, Alexander Lockett and Wilson Tang performed an excellent Kata (set form) - Empi to gain Silver, a great start for their first Nationals together.



10 May 2017: KUGB 51st National Championship Medal winners!
Photo: Chelmsford Team Kata Runners Up - Wilson Tang, Mia Hillsden and Alexander Lockett


Mia Hillsden also went on to win a bronze medal in the Under 16 Individual Black Belt Kata. In a strong and large group, Mia was the only girl to reach the final where she did an excellent Gankaku.



10 May 2017: KUGB 51st National Championship Medal winners!
Photo: Mia Hillsden Kata Bronze


Whilst in the Female Team Kumite sisters Emma Burke and Lisa Ironman together with Kelly Hodkinson battled their way to be placed joint third. The current Southern Region Champions were on good form as they battled their way into Bronze medal position.



10 May 2017: KUGB 51st National Championship Medal winners!
Photo:  Ladies Team Kumite
Lisa Ironman, Emma Burke, Kelly Hodkinson and Megan Naylor-Jones


In addition Jamie Lottering was selected to be part of he KUGB Demonstration Team for a second year in succession. The team performed Kata Gojushiho Sho and also the Bunkai (application). Jamie, the youngest member of the team, was alongside Jack Somers who has been traveling fron Ipswich to train since aged 9.



10 May 2017: KUGB 51st National Championship Medal winners!
Photo: KUGB Demonstration Team
First left - Jamie Lottering and fourth left - Jack Somers 


Sensei Richard said "It was very pleasing to see both our Juniors and Seniors winning medals in both Kata and Kumite showing the depth and strength of our talent. We are always very proud to see our medalists on the podium at the British Nationals and we were very pleased with everyone who competed and represented the Club.  Well done".

More photos can be found on our Club Facebook page.